People are being asked to have their say on the Northamptonshire County Council proposals for changes to the provision of on-street parking in Northampton town centre.
The changes aim to improve the availability of parking, reduce congestion and bring consistency to the service across the town.
On-street parking charges in the Northampton are currently in operation between 8:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Saturday.
It is proposed that parking charges would be from 7:00am to 7:00pm, seven days a week with any one-hour bays becoming two-hour to bring uniformity.
Other proposals include additional on-street parking bays in the town centre and the introduction of four-hour bays in St John’s Street and Derngate to offer visitors more flexibility when looking to park for longer periods.
Plans also comprise new designated loading areas and disabled bays in St Giles Street and the introduction of pay and display charges for parking bays located in Abington Street.
Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:
“We haven’t had a review of on-street parking provision since August 2008, so one was long overdue.
“The proposals reflect charging levels consistent with other areas of the country as well as the more flexible working hours which people keep today.
“The increase in parking spaces will benefit shoppers and local businesses, while also reducing the amount of traffic circulating looking for spaces.”
The consultation starts on Thursday, 27 September and runs until Thursday, 18 October. People can have their say in the consultations section of the council’s website. Copies of the proposal plan are also available at Northampton Central Library.